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Not Finished Yet (Men) is a Bible Study group led by the participants. No homework. Open to men of any age. They can expand into more groups too, if more than 8 or 9 begin to get together consistently. Join them!
Upcoming dates all Monday evenings: August 25, September 15 and 29. All meet at Carl’s place.
Interested? Curious? Call Carol (the convener). Or email him! Call the church office at 916-446-5025 for his contact information.
Sunday morning Bible study will begin again on September 14 at 9am in the Library.
To begin our time together this fall, we will be exploring a wonderful little book entitled, “Going to Church in the First Century.” Copies of the book will be available after worship on Sunday mornings.
In these first sessions, we will get a flavor of what going to church may have looked like following Jesus’ death and resurrection. We will also reflect on the meaning for us in the twenty-first century. Could there be any similarities?
What do Christians believe? This question has loomed large in the history of the Christian faith. In a series of popular broadcasts during World War II, literary scholar and best-selling author, C.S. Lewis dealt with this question.
Our own Joan Haug-West will be offering a thoughtful series on C.S. Lewis’ radio talks and thoughts on Christianity which were collected and published in Mere Christianity, one of the most popular introductions to the Christian faith ever written.
Family Promise is a program that assists families who are trying to get back on their feet and become self-sufficient again. Family Promise has been successfully helping families for many years and Pastor Don is a member of their Board of Directors.
FUMC will host Family Promise participants the week of September 21 as the program returns for the fall. Beginning Sunday August 31 and each Sunday thereafter, sign up opportunities will be offered in the Terrace Rm.
Gabby Trejo, Sacramento ACT Coordinator, will be here to discuss the role of ACT in sacramento and the issues they are working on and how FUMC can be more proactive in our work with the poor and homeless population in our area. All are invited to attend this salad luncheon after worship in the Terrace Room.
ACT (Sacramento Area Congregations Together) is a multicultural, multi-fatih grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more healthy and just community.
The Rev. Linda Kelly-Baker will be the workshop leader at FUMC on Tuesday, August 12 at 5:30pm in the Conference Room (Rm. 206).
She is a former staff member at FUMC and Loaves and Fishes in a special ministry with the homeless population. Rev. Kelly-Baker is coming a the invitation of the Missions Committee and the Leadership Team to help us discuss how to better understand the various issues related to inviting persons who are homeless into the church.
All are invited to attend. Contact the Church Office at 916-446-5025
We provide a FREE hot breakfast on the last two Sundays of each month as a gift to anyone on the street or in need of food. In July we received a gift of a new poem from Pinky: Pinky’s Version of GOD BLESS AMERICA, sung at Community Breakfast on June 27, 2014.
During the past several years the Midtown Business Association has been working extra hard to enhance our part of town. The midtown borders are B and W Streets (north/south) and Alhambra Blvd and 16th Street (east/ west) and is within Council District 4. First Church belongs to the Association and benefits in many ways. The Association’s goals are to:
In the next few issues of The Visitor, I want to continue to share with you an important section from our United Methodist Church Discipline, which guides our church in its world-wide ministry. This section is called, “Our Theological Task.” I hope that you will find it helpful in understanding what is unique and wonderful about Methodism, as well as provide a basis for conversation with sisters and brothers. May you prayerfully consider these segments as you continue to grow in faith.
The Reconciling Committee is participating in a community gathering of LGBT elders and senior allies care and service providers.
The event is sponsored by the Wisdom Project and offers information and resources for the elderly. Our own Reconciling Committee will have a table at this event to offer information about First Church.
The program takes place on Wednesday, July 30 from 2-4pm at the E.M. Hart Senior Center, Redwood East Room at 915 27th Street. This is a free event for anyone who is interested.
A Disciple Bible Class begins this coming September.
This intensive study takes 34 weeks of attending class (2 1/2 hours each) and approximately 2 1/2 hours of study (preferably 1/2 hour each day for maximum benefit.
This is an exciting discovery where we learn what’s actually in our Bible and begin to form personal responses to what we find there, sharing with other members of the class. A variety of theological stances and opinions are encouraged.
Each year, United Methodist Women members prepare for faithful living and action through mission studies. Three areas of study are offered each year – a geographical, a topical, and a spiritual growth study.
“Health — It is a sum of money in the bank, which will support you, economically spent. But you spend foolishly and draw on the principal. This diminishes the income, and you draw larger and larger drafts until you become bankrupt. Overeating, overwork- ing, every imprudence is a draft on life which health cashes and charges at a thousand per cent interest. Every abuse of health hastens death!” – F. G. Welch